A warning that “Hebrew patronage is not welcomed” is contained in a letter sent by the management of the York Harbor Colony in Maine, a noted summer resort, to M. Goldfield, proprietor of Goldfield’s Furniture Store of this city. The letter contains the following passage:
“The patronage of York Harbor is such that we find it desirable to inform all strangers who apply for accomodations that our summer visitors do not welcome Hebrew patronage.”
Apparently not being certain that Mr. Goldfield is Jewish, the secretary then states: “I hope to have the privilege of numbering Mrs. Goldfield and you among the visitors here this season.”
In a letter to the Jewish Ledger of Hartford, Mr. Goldfield states that when he inquired about rates at York Harbor he was not aware of the stipulation against Jews, but that now he “would not go to such a place if it were the last one on earth.”
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